## A stone thrown straight up.. how much time before it reaches a certain height?

Here is my question:

A stone is thrown straight up with a speed of 15.0 m/s. How fast will it
be moving when its altitude is 8.0 m above the point from which it was
thrown? How much time elapses while the stone is reaching that height?

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I know that the stone goes up and then down again, so there could be two answers, but how exactly would I solve this problem?

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I'll give you a hint. You should use the "kinematic equations." Try googling, and giving it a go; post your attempts and we will be able to help further.

 Oh, okay, thank you. Question: A stone is thrown straight up with a speed of 15.0 m/s. How fast will it be moving when its altitude is 8.0 m above the point from which it was thrown? How much time elapses while the stone is reaching that height? (Is there one answer or are there two answers? Why?) Variables: Vi = 15.0 m/s d= 8.0m a= -9.8 m/s/s Vf = ? t = ? Equation I used: d=vi(t) + 1/2 (a)(t)^2 Vf^2 = Vi^2 + 2ad This is what I did; 8 = (15)t - 4.9 (t)^2 4.9t^2 - 15t + 8 = 0 Solving that, I got 2.37s, and 0.688s For finding the final velocity (when at 8.0m); (15)^2 + 2(-9.8)(8) =8.26m/s Is this the right procedure? Because I'm not sure if I'm doing this correctly..

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## A stone thrown straight up.. how much time before it reaches a certain height?

Looks good to me. There are two answers since the stone passes the 8 m altitude both on the way up and on the way down.

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 Quote by niki4d Oh, okay, thank you. Question: A stone is thrown straight up with a speed of 15.0 m/s. How fast will it be moving when its altitude is 8.0 m above the point from which it was thrown? How much time elapses while the stone is reaching that height? (Is there one answer or are there two answers? Why?) Variables: Vi = 15.0 m/s d= 8.0m a= -9.8 m/s/s Vf = ? t = ? Equation I used: d=vi(t) + 1/2 (a)(t)^2 Vf^2 = Vi^2 + 2ad This is what I did; 8 = (15)t - 4.9 (t)^2 4.9t^2 - 15t + 8 = 0 Solving that, I got 2.37s, and 0.688s
Correct; the two answers appear since the stone moves past the point s=8m on the way up and on the way down.

 For finding the final velocity (when at 8.0m); (15)^2 + 2(-9.8)(8) =8.26m/s Is this the right procedure? Because I'm not sure if I'm doing this correctly..
Yes, that's correct.

Edit: Sorry, late!

 Okay, Thank You! =)